5 Cardinals Players With the Best Chances to Make the All-Star Game

May 23, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off grand slam against the Toronto Blue Jays during the tenth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
May 23, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting a walk-off grand slam against the Toronto Blue Jays during the tenth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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Brendan Donovan of the St. Louis Cardinals. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /

Brendan Donovan, Utility

The St. Louis Cardinals have gave a lot of different players chances this seson including top prospects Matthew Liberatore and Nolan Gorman. Surprisingly though, Gorman and Liberatore haven’t been the prospects to watch. The player to watch is utility, Brendan Donovan.

Case For Brendan Donovan:

Donovan was this years newest Spring Training standout. In the past, we had Jeremy Hazelbaker and Magneius Sierra. This year, however, we had Brendan Donovan. And unlike the others, Donovan has seemed to make an imprint on the Cardinals.

This season, Donovan has played in 41 games for the Cardinals and is absolutley crushing the baseball all over the field. He is slashing .310/.424/.431 with a home run, 17 RBI, two stolen bases and a 1.0 WAR.

In terms of his offense, there are not many people who have seemed to match him this season. With an oWAR of 8.0 he ranks amogst some of the leagues best hitters. When looking at his bat, the stats do the talking for him.

Case Against Brendan Donovan

Brendan Donovan, although he’s been very good offensively, has not really done a great job defensively, which is a little strange because he’s a utility player. But the defense just hasn’t been there this year. He’s cost the team many runs due to misplaying a ball in the outfield or taking a bad route on a ground ball.

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